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It's safe to say Travis Hamonic is excited about joining the Calgary Flames.

The Flames packaged three future draft picks to get Hamonic from the Islanders on Saturday morning. "I'm really excited," Hamonic said. "I have a pretty awesome opportunity in front of me. When my wife and I woke up and saw the news … we were kind of in limbo wondering if it happened or not, and then we found out and we're all pretty excited about going to Calgary, to say the least. That's an understatement. We're pretty jacked up." Hamonic joins Mark Giordano, T.J. Brodie and Dougie Hamilton on Calgary's strong defense.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 24 - 8:06 PM

The Calgary Flames are interested in keeping pending UFA Michael Stone.

Despite having Mark Giordano, T.J. Brodie, Dougie Hamilton and Travis Hamonic (they acquired him from the Islanders on Saturday), Flames GM Brad Treliving still hopes to keep Stone. He had three goals and 15 points in 64 games with Arizona and Calgary last season.
Jun 24 - 2:36 PM

The Calgary Flames have selected Adam Ruzicka in the fourth round (109th overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Ruzicka’s first season in North America was relatively successful. The 18-year-old forward had 25 goals and 46 points in 61 games with the OHL’s Sarnia Sting. Ruzicka already has NHL-ready size, as he’s 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds. His skillset and numbers in the Czech Junior League would indicate that he has some offensive upside (he had 14 goals and 30 points in 30 games Pardubice’s under-20 team in 2015-16), but he still has to show that he can put up a high number of points in North America. He also needs to work on his play without the puck. If he can put it all together, he could be a draft-day steal.
Jun 24 - 12:05 PM

The Calgary Flames have acquired Travis Hamonic and a conditional fourth-round pick from the New York Islanders.

The Islanders have received a first-round pick in 2018, a second-round pick in 2018 and another conditional second-round pick in 2019 or 2020. It's an interesting fit for Hamonic, as the Flames already have a loaded blue line with guys like Mark Giordano, Dougie Hamilton and T.J. Brodie. Hamonic, 26, had three goals and 11 assists in 49 games in 2016-17. Hamonic has three years remaining on his contract at a reasonable cap hit of $3.857 million. The Flames have put together one of the best blue lines in the league.
Jun 24 - 11:08 AM

Travis Hamonic is attracting plenty of interest in the trade market, but teams have been unwilling to meet GM Garth Snow's asking price.

Reports and league sources confirmed that Snow was seeking two first-round picks in exchange for Hamonic. The price will probably change on the second day of the NHL Entry Draft and it still seems likely that Hamonic will get moved.
Jun 24 - 9:16 AM

The Calgary Flames have taken Juuso Valimaki with the 16th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Valimaki often draws comparisons to fellow Finnish blue liner Olli Juolevi, who was drafted fifth overall by the Canucks last year. The 18-year-old has very good offensive instincts, but he’s also a capable player in his own end. Valimaki is blessed with good size (6-foot-2, 201 pounds), which definitely doesn’t hurt. Valimaki put up some impressive numbers in his second season with the WHL’s Tri-City Americans, as he had 19 goals and 61 points in 60 games. He also notched two goals and six penalty minutes in six games with Finland at the 2017 World Junior Hockey Championship. The Flames already have a good defensive core in Mark Giordano, Dougie Hamilton, and T.J. Brodie and in a few years it could be Valimaki that's rounding out that top-four.
Jun 23 - 8:40 PM

The Calgary Flames are reportedly hoping to land a top-four defenseman in the coming days.

Doing so would ideally round out their blueline core that already includes Mark Giordano, Dougie Hamilton and T.J. Brodie. Flames GM Brad Treliving is reportedly looking for options on the trade market, especially given the potential alternative of overpaying for an unrestricted free agent. Of course there's never a shortage of teams looking for defensemen, so whether or not the Flames will be successful is up in the air.
Source: Calgary Sun
Jun 23 - 4:06 AM

Johnny Gaudreau won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy.

The Lady Byng highlights the league's most sportsmanlike player, which usually translates to a highly skilled player that gets very few penalty minutes. In 2016-17 Gaudreau scored 18 goals and 61 points in 72 games while accumulating just four PIM. This is the first time he's won the Lady Byng Trophy, but it's the second time in three years that it's gone to a member of the Calgary Flames as Jiri Hudler won it in 2015.
Jun 21 - 9:57 PM

Johnny Gaudreau, who is nominated for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, picked up just four penalty minutes in 2016-17.

Gaudreau was whistled for high-sticking even though it was actually Sean Monahan who should've received the penalty and for embellishment. "I just try to stay out of the box as much as possible so I can be on the ice and help my team on the ice," Gaudreau said. "I think that's something that would frustrate me in the game if I was taking unnecessary penalties and sitting in the box when I should be on the ice. I look at it that way." He has spent just 38 minutes in the sin bin in 232 career NHL contests.
Jun 21 - 12:37 PM

Travis Hamonic took home the NHL Foundation Player Award on Tuesday night.

The award is given to "an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey – commitment, perseverance and teamwork – to enrich the lives of people in his community." Because Hamonic won, the NHL Foundation will donate $25,000 to the Islanders Children's Foundation. His "D-Partner" program has allowed him to bond with over 200 children who have lost suffered the loss of a parent at a young age.
Jun 20 - 8:19 PM

Calgary coach Glen Gulutzan is glad to have Mike Smith between the pipes for the Flames.

Gulutzan joked that he would still have his job coaching Dallas if it weren't for Smith and the Coyotes. "That was the one team that we were battling with tooth-and-nail down to the wire (during the 2011-12 season) and he was just a brick wall," said Gulutzan. "So when I talked to him, I told him, 'I'd still be in Dallas if it wasn't for you.'" He is excited to have a goaltender who can steal games.
Jun 20 - 2:25 PM

Travis Hamonic might be traded this off-season to get the Islanders some offensive help up front.

His name has been linked to possible trades with Colorado for Matt Duchene, Edmonton for Jordan Eberle and Montreal for Alex Galchenyuk. Those teams are looking for a defenseman and New York wants to upgrade their forward group with a talented top-six addition.
Jun 20 - 9:06 AM

The Calgary Flames will need a backup goaltender next season.

The Flames will go with the recently acquired Mike Smith in net but will likely need to sign a backup on July 1. The pickings will be ripe as there are plenty of backups heading into free agency. "We’ll see," GM Brad Treliving said. "We’re going to take a deep breath and regroup and kind of let the market play out. It’s going to be an interesting goaltender market. There’s going to be lots of goaltenders out there but not as many chairs for as many guys that are out there. As far as the back-up position goes, we’ll have to wait and see."
Source: Calgary Sun
Jun 19 - 7:31 AM

The Calgary Flames have protected Curtis Lazar in the expansion draft.

The Flames also protected Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau, Mikael Backlund, Sam Bennett, Micheal Ferland, Michael Frolik, Mike Smith, Mark Giordano, T.J. Brodie and Dougie Hamilton.
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 18 - 10:44 AM

GM Brad Treliving was not concerned about trading for 35-year-old Mike Smith.

While the Flames upper management gave the age factor some consideration, in the end they were not worried about Smith's age. "There’s no question, we spent a long time looking at that," Treliving said Saturday. "It was a consideration. The one thing I’d say with Mike, knowing him, he’s about as athletic and gifted genetically and the way he looks after himself ...it’s better than anyone I’ve ever been around. He’s a young 35. There’s no question, you give (his age) some pause. He’s got a low odometer, I’d say. He really didn’t become a starting goaltender until he was 30-years-old so there’s low miles on him. He’s a little bit of a genetic freak, this guy." Smith has 19-26-9 in 2016-17 with a 2.92 GAA and a .914 save percentage. His numbers should improve on Calgary.
Source: Calgary Sun
Jun 18 - 8:31 AM


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